Portland artist Gilley discusses his new installation, AXIS INDEX. Free.
Eat, drink, volunteer, and get a brand new T Shirt at Seattle Works Day. The event helps fun Seattle Works, an awesome organization that connects local volunteers to real-life work in the non-profit sector. There are all kinds of volunteer projects you can get in on, and you'll probably make friends. Sign up here . $30.
Local celebrities read the first books they ever loved as part of a fundraiser for a very good charity. $25.
Stephen King's son tries to make asshole book reviewers stop referring to him as Stephen King's son with his new novel, NOS4A2. Free.
The Vagina Monologues author/playwright/performer has a new book titled In the Body of the World that discusses Ensler’s personal experiences with cancer. This event is a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. $24-$500.
Modestly, undramatically, folkishly weird paintings and sculptures by David Byrd, an 87-year-old artist based quietly in upstate New York who has never before had a gallery show in his life. This is the must-see painting show of the spring. There are almost 100 pieces; many of them have sold, and it will probably be some time before they're assembled again like this. Free.
"The first half of the doubleheader—there are two one-act operas—is La Voix Humaine, which has 'contemporary' written all over its central prop: a telephone. Nuccia Focile delivers a distraught solo performance as Elle, a woman in the throes of a breakup. As if saying good-bye on the phone isn’t already awkward, Elle is stuck on a party line plagued by dropped connections and eavesdroppers. As the audience hears only her end of the conversations, Focile conveys an invisible, silent cast: She haggles with the operator, scolds neighbors tying up the line, and, speaking to her lying lover, slips in details of her failed attempt to overdose on sleeping pills. Debuting in Paris in 1959, Francis Poulenc’s violent score sounds like a Hitchcock movie, and Jean Cocteau’s libretto moves with the jumpy pace of an early-20th-century, avant-garde French play (it was based on one)." (Dominic Holden) $25-$175.
This all-male dance company performs gender-queering ballet and modern dance, poking fun at ballet's stiff, traditional hierarchy and "achieving high comedy by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance." $20-$51.
Eve Ensler is an activist, Tony Award-winning playwright (The Vagina Monologues), and bestselling author. Her new book, In the Body of the World, is about her experience with cancer and worldwide activism to protect the female body from violence. Presented by Northwest Associated Arts, Planned Parenthood, and The Stranger. $24-$500.